Just two hours after giving birth to her fourth child in 2013, Deborah Hodge and her partner had sex.
It was very soon – but for Hodge, a 44-year-old writer, it wasn’t totally unusual. The London mother-of-four told The Sun she had sex within a fortnight of each of her previous three births.
Hodge explained that she and her now ex-partner were sexually active throughout her pregnancy, having sex three or four times a week for the nine months.
She went into labour four days after her due date and required an emergency caesarean.
After her newborn daughter Amelia was born, Hodge was given a private room to recover.
“As Amelia lay in her cot, my partner and I were having a cuddle on the bed, when before I knew it we were having sex,” she said.
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“There was just this incredible closeness between us. I didn’t feel sexy, but I did feel special.”
Hodge said she didn’t feel any discomfort, but said that could’ve been because she’d had an epidural: “I couldn’t believe we’d done it – I put it down to all the drugs I was on!”
Hodge and Amelia returned home three days later, where she and Amelia’s father got back to it.